I can’t wait, I mean I seriously CANNOT wait for tomorrow, because come tomorrow, Crystal Castles drops their new album AMNESTY (I). As the hours whittle down and my excitement takes me to new levels of restlessness, I drown myself in today’s new reveal from the record, Sadist. Considering its name, it seems a fitting course of action, doesn’t it? Join me as the dissonance of this sonic apparition, complete with distended vocals by Edith and spectral haunting production by Ethan, send icy shivers down our spines. Though many of us had bristled at the thought of a new singer replacing Alice Glass when the news first broke, Edith has certainly won us over since. In fact, an announcement that came alongside Sadist earlier today served to cultivate my respect and affection. Edith Frances announced that Crystal Castles will share the proceeds from Amnesty (I) by donating it to Amnesty International, in order to call attention to issues that “need to be illuminated”. She went on to explain:

“Amnesty International stand up for human rights by fighting injustice hands-on, and gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless. They fight for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, and children’s rights. They fight against discrimination, arbitrary detention and unfair trials, and civilian injustice. They are the people on the ground working to change these issues and they need our help. Not just our words, but also our resources. The world is at a critical tipping point. Human rights have no borders, no language, no religion and no race. This applies to you and affects you. I challenge more musicians to do the same with their albums. Donate your proceeds to a charity of your choice. No longer can we sit back and watch and talk; what we really need right now is action.

Well there you have it. Even more reason to get Amnesty (I), as if you needed any convincing. Crystal Castles, you rule.

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